Here is calm so deep,
grasses cease waving...
Wonderful how completely everything in wild nature fits into us,
as if truly part and parent of us.
The sun shines not on
us but in us.
The rivers flow not past, but
thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing.
The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and;
song of the rocks in the heart
of the mountains is our song, our
very own, and sings our love.
-- John Muir
"Peaceful Valley of Rippling Waters" - This statement was used to describe this area's significance by early American Indian visitors, and these beautiful words can still be used today to describe Chickasaw National Recreation Area and its many resources.
For thousands of years indigenous people have come to this valley of rippling waters for its healing
minerals. Legend has it that these bromide and sulphur waters will cure anything from rheumatism to catarrah.
We're not certain of the legend, but we do know that the beauty of this valley and the
soothing waters will bring you an inner peace.
The park holds within its boundaries a vast diversity of natural resources. These unique flora, fauna, waters, and geological formations have withstood the external pressures of man-made and natural changes. The combination of these resources has created an area unlike any in the surrounding territory.
The park provides opportunities to experience a wide range of outdoor experiences--swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, observing nature, hunting, camping, and picnicking--reminding us of the rural character in the history of the American people. It adds measurably to the quality of life for visitors and area residents.
| Our Inn, the last of the fine old bathhouses in Oklahoma, and the old section of the national
park sit over both the bromide and sulphur water basins.
As guest of our Inn, these mineral waters are